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High School And Middle School Students Participate in Red Ribbon Campaign

Nov. 4, 2010

On October 27, Germantown High School students were encouraged to wear red to demonstrate their support of Red Ribbon Week’s drug free message. Anita Hillman, a member of the County Council on Drug Abuse, together with the student group “PEERS 4 PEERS”, were in the cafeteria during lunch periods to hand out red ribbons in exchange for student pledges to be drug free. Students signed a red ribbon banner indicating their pledge. Additionally, PEERS 4 PEERS spoke to all freshman health classes to promote the campaign and urge students to live a drug-free lifestyle. The high school PEERS program is a county wide program sponsored by the Washington County Council on Drug Abuse and by the

Washington County United Way Organization.

Jane Mandli, school physical education teacher and advisor to the PEERS 4 PEERS group, commented on the importance and impact of the program, stating that, “the Red Ribbon program is very important to our school and across the country in that we stop to celebrate the significance of students being committed to being drug and alcohol free. The Red Ribbon program provides us that opportunity to underscore that message to students and to get them to commit to being drug free.”

At Kennedy Middle School, the 6th graders celebrated Red Ribbon Week this week with a variety of activities. On Monday, the students played a game called Alcohol Awareness Bingo. The students were surprised by the many facts about alcohol they did not know.

On Tuesday the students worked with School Resource Officers Borden and Miller from the Germantown Police Department. Each student put on a pair of goggles that altered their vision to simulate the effects of alcohol. The students were then asked to navigate through an obstacle course of cones. School counselor Becky Wittemann stated, “it was amazing how many students commented that they were seeing double and how difficult they found it to weave through a few cones. They had no idea alcohol would have such a dramatic effect on their senses and reaction time.”

Students watched the video "Natural High IV." The Natural High video series showcases professional athletes, musicians, and dancers who have made a commitment to be drug free. They share stories about how their sport, music or dance is their "natural high" and the lives and talent they have seen wasted by drugs and alcohol.

The Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs set up activities for the entire middle school on Tuesday, October 26th. Tuesday was Wear Red Day and the students were invited to sign a banner during the lunch hours to make a commitment to be drug and alcohol free.

The Red Ribbon Coalition website states, “Today, the Red Ribbon Week brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment service. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.”

The Village and Town of Germantown, the Village of Richfield, Town of Polk, and Town of Jackson are served by the dedicated Germantown School District. Students receive excellent educational opportunities through the district’s six schools which include: Amy Belle, County Line, MacArthur and Rockfield Elementary Schools, Kennedy Middle School and Germantown High School. The district’s regular curriculum, led by a treasury of knowledgeable faculty and staff, is complemented by an array of specialized programs and co-curricular activities

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